National Geographic : 2015 Nov
The world’s forests are a source of abundance. They shelter biodiversity, provide food and natural resources, absorb greenhouse gases and regulate the climate. Today, the challenge is to protect our forests while working to feed 9 billion people by 2050. For more than a decade, Cargill has been working to decrease deforestation. In Brazil, we’ve teamed with businesses, non-profits and others to implement the Brazilian Soy Moratorium, a voluntary effort that has helped reduce deforestation rates in the Amazon by over 80%. On the other side of the globe in Indonesia and Malaysia, we’re taking steps along with other organizations to help build a sustainable global supply chain for palm oil. And as a signatory to The New York Declaration on Forests, we’re now united with more than 40 companies, 30 governments and dozens of civil society groups to reach big goals: halving deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030. Benito Guerrero of The Nature Conservancy inspects a native Amazon ype tree as part of the sustainable soy program in Brazil. Seeing the forest for the trees Learn more at cargill.com/climatechange Delivering seeds in Brazil Cargill is working with The Nature Conservancy to help farmers in northern Brazil restore deforested lands and grow cocoa in the shade of the forest canopy, boosting biodiversity. In 2014, 120,000 cocoa seeds and 74,000 banana seedlings were delivered to farmers. Awarding premiums in Indonesia We’ve given $1 million to 8,800 smallholder farmers across 18 cooperatives in South Sumatra, Indonesia, awarding them for their use of sustainable harvesting methods. Training farmers in South America We’ve helped 1,000 farmers update their operations in Argentina and Paraguay with sustainable production practices—including compliance with rules limiting deforestation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving labor conditions.